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Fine Gael’s Leo Varadkar: has warned there might be “significant merit” in seizing the Catholic Church’s hospital and school property, but warned that the practical barriers were overwhelming. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

To Claire Byrne Live for a discussion on the Catholic Church’s place in Irish society. Colm O’Gorman, executive director of Amnesty, and David Quinn, (...)

Minister of State John Halligan said religious orders found guilty of criminal neglect should have their assets seized. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Independent Alliance minister John Halligan has compared child mortality rates in mother and baby homes to Nazi concentration camps. The Waterford TD(...)

New UCD students’ union president Katie Ascough: said she  has been torn over whether she would attend a march seeking the repeal of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution

Prominent anti-abortion activist Katie Ascough has been elected as head of Univeristy College Dublin(UCD)’s students’ union. The third year UCD Scie(...)

Prof Veronica O’Keane of Doctors for Choice and Dr John Monaghan  and Dr Orla Halpenny of Doctors for Life  at the Citizens’ Assembly session in Dublin on Sunday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Members of the Citizens’ Assembly will be balloted next month on recommendations that they will give to the Government on the future of the constituti(...)

Ms Justice Mary Laffoy: “The assembly has endeavoured to present the legal and medical material in a neutral manner.”  Photograph: Eric Luke

The chair of the Citizens’ Assembly has said it would have been a “serious omission” not to include material from two women who were described by anti(...)

The remains of the late cardinal Connell at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin. Photograph: Collins

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin reflected on the age profile of those present at the funeral Mass for Cardinal Desmond Connell yesterday , as re(...)

NCCA has proposed that religion be taken out of the core primary school curriculum.

Public consultations on the future makeup of the primary school curriculum should not be “obsessed” with religious education, a Catholic education gro(...)

A recent study  found  a child’s cognitive skills are improved  by spending more time with their mothers between the ages of three and seven

In a recent opinion poll carried out by Amárach research, the Iona Institute (of which I am a patron) asked this question: “If money were no object, a(...)

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If money was no object, most people would choose not to work full time, according to new research commissioned by the Iona Institute. Amarach resear(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Pope Francis at St Peter’s Square in Rome in April 2014. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

At the beginning of the Dáil week observers noticed the Taoiseach was in very good form. Perhaps it was something to do with the rapidly approaching(...)

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